2018 Programme


Concert 1: “In a Sentimental Mood”

Friday 26 October at 7.00pm

Having captivated audiences all over the world, the acclaimed jazz vocalist Gregg Arthur with the Peter Locke Quartet opens the 2018 Sydney Chamber Music Festival with songs from The Great American Songbook.

Unmatched as a singer and performer, Gregg joins forces with Australia’s finest jazz chamber musicians to bring you In A Sentimental Mood, a charmingly relaxed and intimate programme that will entertain and delight.

Please join us after the performance for complimentary welcome drinks to the 2018 Sydney Chamber Music Festival, proudly brought to you by our wonderful sponsor Penna Lane Wines, Clare Valley.

Concert 2: “Nella and the Paradise of Birds”

Saturday 27 October at 11.00am

A 40-minute Family Concert featuring the Sydney Puppet Theatre, Bridget Bolliger, flute and Andrew West , piano. “Nella and the Paradise of Birds” is the newest artistic achievement for Artistic Director and flautist Bridget Bolliger, and the internationally award winning Sydney Puppet Theatre.

Sydney based composer Jim Coyle’s stunning set of 12 miniatures for flute and piano, composed and recorded in 2017, are beautifully brought to life as little Nella dreams and imagines a world of wonderful creatures in her
puppetry realm.

Through the collaboration of flute, piano and the magic of puppetry, this is a theatrical performance that will educate, excite the senses and inspire the minds of primary school children of all ages.

CONCERT 3: “Timeless”

Saturday 27 October at 7.00pm

Arguably Australia’s finest cellist, the New York born and Perth based Michael Goldschlager joins our very own Artistic Director and flautist Bridget Bolliger with the internationally acclaimed British pianist Andrew West in a remarkable programme of “chamber music throughout the ages”.

Featuring performances from their recent solo recordings and some of the great trios for this ensemble, Goldschlager, Bolliger and West will perform works by J.S.Bach, Haydn, Debussy and Martinu.

Dedicated in part to the 100th anniversary year of the passing of the great Claude Debussy, “Timeless” will also feature the Australian Premiere of the adaptation of J.S.Bach’s famous G Major Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano.

CONCERT 4: “Up Close and Personal”

Sunday 28 October at 12.00pm

In the newest addition to the Sydney Chamber Music Festival of 2018, Conductor, pianist, broadcaster and our patron Guy Noble, will host an insightful 1-hour programme that takes you, the audience, “up close and
personal” on a journey into the mind and workings of a successful professional musician.

As host, Guy will be joined by one of Australia’s finest international artists, the great Mezzo-Soprano Deborah Humble, along with pianist Andrew West and Amanda Cole PhD founder of ‘Performance Brilliance’, to give their unique views and expertise on musical life and how to master both body and mind to reach potential and enhance performance.

Following their talk, Andrew will perform the 1st Sonata for Piano by Alban Berg, and then Deborah will join Andrew in a special performance of Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder.

Concert 5: “Piers Lane”

Sunday 28 October at 7.00pm

We are thrilled to announce that one of Australia’s ‘favourite son’s’, the acclaimed pianist Piers Lane will be giving his one and only public recital in Australia in 2018 at the Sydney Chamber Music Festival.

As a prelude to his Wigmore Hall Recital early next year, Piers will be performing a diverse and stunning programme featuring works by J.S.Bach, Chopin, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky.

A pianist who stands out as an engaging and highly versatile performer, Piers’ concerto repertoire alone exceeds ninety-five works, he has performed 5-times at the BBC Proms and has a discography of over 50 CD’s spanning from Bach to Williamson.


CLICK HERE to read more about the artists performing in our 2018 season.

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